The United States has begun withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Still, the Pentagon has decided to send an additional contingent to the country to ensure the safety of military personnel, White House spokeswoman Karin Jean-Pierre said.
“In the coming weeks and months, the Central Command of the Armed Forces will assess the situation on the necessary security of the US military and, if necessary, may send additional capabilities to or from Afghanistan,” she added.
Jean-Pierre stressed that the withdrawal of troops, which is scheduled to be completed before September 11, will take place methodically and safely, without haste.
“Our potential adversaries should know that if they attack us during the withdrawal of troops, we will defend ourselves and our allies with all the means at our disposal,” the representative of the US administration concluded. The beginning of the withdrawal of troops earlier on Thursday was confirmed at the NATO headquarters.